Only In New York
This will inaugurate a new type of blog post titled “Only in New York” that I will share with my readers on occasion. I know that the kinds of incidents I will write about can and do happen elsewhere, but to me New York with its diverse population is a microcosm of the world, so…Read More
What do we talk about when we talk about Russia?
Russia, Russia, Russia—the country, it seems, is on everyone’s lips these days. One’s political affiliation doesn’t matter. The questions swirl. Did they, or didn’t they impact our electoral system? And if so, to what end? I am as interested in the answers as anyone but have none for you. So why am I writing this…Read More
Active Shooter Training at Synagogues?
I know, you thought that would be a post about some long forgotten history, maybe a story of pre -WWII Germany. Sadly, it is not. It is a present-day account of our, so called, free America. On February 28th, someone shot at the Hebrew school classroom window in Mike Pence’s State, Indiana, otherwise known as…Read More
Family Trumps Possessions Any Day
Dear Readers: My apologies for a tardy post. Life and medical issues have gotten in the way. This article first appeared in LifeZette on October, 5th, 2016. Many of you might not have read it. A proud daughter recalls a father’s hard-won example by Annette Libeskind Berkovits | 05 Oct 2016 at 5:48 AM While…Read More
First and foremost, I want to wish all my readers a joyous New Year. May 2017, bring you good health and the fulfillment of all you have planned for this year. Given the turbulence of the past year and the repackaging of our electoral politics I suppose we all need to buckle up for the…Read More
Do Naturalized Citizens Vote?
I swore that I’d not post any politically oriented blogs. After all, I want you as readers of my books and do not want anything to taint your inclination to consider reading them. But I will overcome my squeamishness to talk about politics in public, if you’ll forgive me. As a naturalized…Read More
The Disturbing Pace of Development
Maybe because I’ve lived on three continents and moved so many times, I am fairly comfortable with change. For the most part, I see change as progress, as something positive. Recently however, I was more than a bit disturbed by the changes I noticed in Miami Beach and nearby area. My husband and I haven’t…Read More
What This Vision in Purple Will Make You Realize About Assumptions
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato “Florida: Where Old People Go To Die” Long before I retired I heard one of my work colleagues say, “I’d never retire in Florida. It’s where old geezers go to die.” Whenever I overheard some version of this sentiment a vague feeling…Read More
How Weekly Cemetery Outings Created My Rich Family History
Weekly Outings to the Cemetery While some of our classmates went to the park or to the movies, my brother and I spent many weekends at the Jewish cemetery in Lodz, Poland where we grew up. Why would we choose such a depressing place? At first, the choice wasn’t ours. My father, who had no…Read More
What is the Oldest Military Decoration in the World Still in Use?
The word “decoration” might bring to mind all manner of trivial things: patterned pillows, oddly shaped vases, or balloons, flags and confetti. These are the furthest things from my mind as I think of my uncle Natan’s decoration. Natan is yet one more, in a long list of close family members, who I never had…Read More